WASHINGTON (September 12, 2012) - As with so many other issues, there are significant differences in how President Obama and Governor Romney would approach tax, trade, and federal investments to advance innovation; but across dozens of issues related to technology and the digital economy there is more common ground, according to a side-by-side comparison released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
Comparing the 2012 Presidential Candidates' Technology and Innovation Policies presents an objective comparison of the candidates' positions on over 60 discrete issues across ten policy areas: Innovation and R&D, Tax, Trade, Manufacturing, Broadband and Telecommunications, Online Privacy, Education and Skills, Energy Innovation, Regulation, and Life Sciences and Biotechnology. The report is based on information gathered from campaign websites, party platforms, Administration documents, and media reports of statements by the candidates.
"We welcome the fact that the candidates are talking about innovation and competitiveness," said ITIF Senior Analyst Stephen Ezell, the report's chief author. "This non-partisan report endorses neither candidate. Instead, it seeks to drill down from rhetoric to reality and evaluate the candidates' positions on what ITIF sees as critical elements of innovation-based economic policy."
The report begins with an overview of each candidate's general philosophy on technology and innovation policy. Broadly, President Obama believes in a more activist role for governm